"Scrap" box, suprising what people like in a wood project.

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Project by SNSpencer posted 11-20-2009 12:27 AM 12007 views 13 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes I find it amusing what people find interesting. After a box run I took a bunch of leftover stock and made a “scrap” box to hold something small on my desk at work. It ended up being my rubber band box. I have received more attention over this box than I would have ever expected with multiple offers to purchase it. Weird. But is does make a nice example of what some different woods look like for comparison. Resulted in a couple of custom box requests.

The box is made from leftover Yellowheart, Purpleheart, Maple and Padauk. Through Dovetail joinery using a Leigh jig. The lid is also from left over veneer scrap so I tried my hand at creating veneer seams. The joints turned out way better than I expected for my first shot. The veneers are Quilted Maple, Black Walnut Burl on the outside and Quilted Bubinga and Pomelle Sapele on the inside.

Box size is 6”L x 4”W x 2 5/8”T.
Red leather lined bottom and simple surface installed hinges.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet -

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 12:54 AM

Wow! I like it!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 12:59 AM

Nice way to use up unused wood..

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#3 posted 11-20-2009 01:02 AM

Good-looking box——-scraps are wonderful.



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#4 posted 11-20-2009 01:56 AM

Very nice.
Everyone I see that does dovetails with the Leigh jig, they look ice and tight, that Leigh jig must work!


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#5 posted 11-20-2009 02:20 AM

That’s a great design and use of scraps. The wood combinations are fabulous. I’m not sure I would ever admit it was made from left overs!........More a piece of Art!. LOL

-- John @

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#6 posted 11-20-2009 02:30 AM

Ha. We sometimes go to all the trouble to match grain and color. And here the public wants variety.

Nice workmanship,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 11-20-2009 02:32 AM

Thats great i love it…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 11-20-2009 02:33 AM

Jolly good show. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#9 posted 11-20-2009 02:34 AM

It’s a Great Looking Box, that’s why people like it!! The stark contrasts in Woods really “Sets-off” those joints, and the diagonal amplifies it that much more… A real Eye-catcher!!
Great Work, Jef!!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 11-20-2009 03:36 AM

This is the type of project that does’t sound like it will work until you see the final project. I like the contrast between the two woods especially in the dovetail joint.

Looks way too nice to be a rubberband box.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#11 posted 11-20-2009 03:52 AM

Fantastic scrap wood box! Lots of nice details. The diagnol across the top is an amazing affect.

Great joints. Great design and build.

Kep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#12 posted 11-20-2009 03:54 AM

Great use of scraps.

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#13 posted 11-20-2009 04:27 AM

Cool box! I see why people like it and want to buy it. There seems to be a harmony with the differing species you used. When I first looked at the images, before I read your description, I wondered what on earth you were trying to achieve. Then I read that you used scraps, looked at the images again, and decided I really like what you created, much more than just a box, but an exhibition of the different woods.


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#14 posted 11-20-2009 04:51 AM

We are simply most critical of own own selves. If I saw that on someone’s desk at work, I would certainly go gaga.

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#15 posted 11-20-2009 08:44 AM

A real beauty…’s definitely an attention getter. Super job.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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